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A “Ray” of Sunshine

smiling stingray

Look what Shirley C.’s grandchildren inadvertently scooped up in their net this week! Looks like our guests aren’t the only ones to smile at their shell collection!

Not to fear, this little “ray” of sunshine was quickly and safely placed back in the water … but not before posing for this adorable photo op!  » Read more

Lighthouse Day

Lighthouse Day

Historical Village To Celebrate Lighthouse Day

On Wednesday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Sanibel Historical Village will celebrate Lighthouse Day with speakers and events throughout the day.

Events at the Sanibel Historical Village on April 13 begin with a talk by a Coast Guard representative from Fort Myers Beach at 10:45. The representative will discuss the Coast Guard’s role in keeping lighthouses alive and will tell about the Coast Guard Cutter named Sanibel,  » Read more

Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Bag It

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes — single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away.

But where is “away?” Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health?

The award-winning documentary film “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” completes the fourth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series,  » Read more

Beer in the Bushes

Beer in the Bushes

Thanks to our friends at the Island Sun for the latest on this fun-raising event!

All are welcome to raise a glass at Beer in the Bushes on April 9

It’s time to boogie down and drink up. The 5th annual Beer in the Bushes fundraiser is set for Saturday, April 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests can roam the grounds of SCCF’s Nature Center while sampling craft beer and food truck offerings.  » Read more

More than Sandcastles

sand building memories

On our beach, there’s more than castles in the sand. A little imagination and a little digging creates memories for the whole family to enjoy.

It’s the season for family spring vacations when our beach becomes a backyard of fun and games, and we’re always amazed at the creativity displayed.

There’s still plenty of time to join us this year at Ocean’s Reach.  So what are you waiting for?    » Read more

Take a Beach Break


Birds need a rest, too. When you feel the need to fly away and relax on a sunny beach, then follow the lead of these shorebirds. Commonly found on the Sanibel shoreline, Willets are large and stocky birds with long legs and thick, straight bills. Their black wings are broader than most shorebirds and have visually striking broad white stripes.

Make tracks and join these birds on the warm,  » Read more

A Rite of Spring

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red sox

Red Sox 4

Red Sox fans swing over to Fort Myers’ JetBlue Park to see their home team warm up and work out. It’s official! February and March are spring training months and every game is a sell out!

All you Boston based Red Sox fans, follow your dreams and head to Ocean’s Reach to stay and see your team in action under sunny,  » Read more

A “Ding Darling” First!

2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Judging

The current Junior Duck Stamp features two wood ducks drawn by Andrew Kneeland of Wyoming.

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Jaye Boswell, “Mother of the Junior Duck Stamp Program” (center), accepted an award last fall for her JDS work from Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland (left) and Florida JDS Coordinator Becky Larkins. Boswell still participates in Florida-wide competitions at “Ding” Darling, where the state judging is held annually.  » Read more

A Bountiful Garden

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The Sanibel Historical Village is sharing the bounty from its garden with FISH (Friends In Service Here), to help them help people in need.

The village’s garden produces tomatoes, cabbage, beans, peas, radishes, turnips, rutabaga, and more. “We have the garden as a way to demonstrate that Sanibel was not always a tourist economy but started as an agricultural community,” said museum manager Emilie Alfino.  » Read more

Daily Treasures

shelling treasures

Taking care of one’s shelling treasures is not a daily chore but a labor of love. Our guest, Debbie, has been collecting shells for many years at Ocean’s Reach and enjoys spending time at our shell station where she can fondly prepare her collection for artistic display.  » Read more

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